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Hilltoppers' Feathers fans 17 in perfect game

Jeff Birchfield • Mar 20, 2018 at 1:32 AM

JONESBOROUGH — Brandon Feathers was absolutely perfect on Monday night.

The Science Hill senior pitcher threw 17 strikeouts in a perfect game and the Hilltoppers routed David Crockett 12-0 at Warren Miller Field. It didn’t matter if he was throwing high or low, whether it was a fastball, a slider or curveball, it was all working for the 6-foot-4 right-hander who has signed to play college baseball at Radford.

“This is the first perfect game I’ve ever thrown,” said Feathers (1-1). “I’ve had a no- hitter through five innings but never through seven. You just have to hit your spots and trust coach’s pitch calls. I just located my pitches and they were swinging and missing.”

The performance overshadowed a big night at the plate for the Hilltoppers, who had 13 hits, including a two-run home run by Matthew Levi in the third inning and a grand slam by Ben Grable in the seventh.

Science Hill coach Ryan Edwards, who has coached professional pitchers Will Carter, Matt Pope and current Detroit Tigers starter Daniel Norris, was as excited about Feathers’ performance as any of the players were.

“He had such good stuff tonight,” Edwards said. “I’ve never been a part of a perfect game so I was so proud of him.”

Feathers struck out the final seven batters he faced and made a big adjustment for the last out. Facing Tennessee Tech signee Will Long, Feathers departed from the fastball that had served him well and ended the game with a pair of curveballs.

Grable finished 2-for-4 with five RBIs and Levi was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Hilltoppers (5-2, 1-0 Big 7 Conference).

Tanner Treadway took the loss for Crockett (0-3, 1-4).